Payback

  • Wed Sept 19
    7:15 • WSH
Payback

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director:
Jennifer Baichwal
cast:
Margaret Atwood, Raj Patel, Louise Arbour

Margaret Atwood’s visionary work Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth is the basis for this riveting and poetic documentary on “debt” in its various forms—societal, personal, environmental, spiritual, criminal, and of course, economic. Filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal (Manufactured Landscapes) strikingly interweaves these (sometimes surprising) debtor/creditor relationships: two families in a years-long Albanian blood feud; the BP oil spill vs. the Earth; mistreated Florida tomato farm workers and their bosses; imprisoned media mogul Conrad Black and the U.S. justice system. With stunning cinematography and insightful commentary from renowned thinkers Raj Patel, Louise Arbour and Atwood herself, Payback is a brilliant, game-changing rumination on the subject. “Payback is nothing if not brave. It's a documentary attempt to give concrete shape to an abstract discussion, using the medium of film to transplant a nuanced thesis—on the concept of debt—from its natural home on the printed page.” (The Globe and Mail)

website: zeitgeistfilms.com/payback/

format
Digital Projection color
runtime
1 hour 26 minutes
release year/country
2012 Canada